Date Published: 30-May-2011
Cork City 3
Mervue United 0
Three first half Cork City goals disposed of an under-strength Mervue United at Turner’s Cross on Thursday night as the home side maintained their push for First Division honours this season.
Mervue manager Johnny Glynn is a firm fans’ favourite on Leeside as a result of his spell with the club as a player in the mid 1990s, but he won’t have enjoyed his trip south, having been sent to the stands in the final minute after a row with City boss Tommy Dunne, and having served a four-game ban at the start of the season, Glynn faces an anxious wait to see what level of punishment the FAI decide to upon as a result of his dismissal.
Mervue goalkeeper Eoin Martin, who started his first League of Ireland game since November 2009 after suffering a horrific arm-break, had a night to forget as Graham Cummins, Davin O’Neill and Gearoid Morrissey all netted for Tommy Dunne’s promotion hopefuls.
The game was brought forward to 6.30pm as a result of problems with the floodlights at Turners Cross, and to add to the inconvenience of a Thursday night away fixture, a mixture of work and exam commitments meant that regular starters Jason Molloy, Peter Dravins, Mike Tierney, and Eric Browne missed the trip south; while Nicky Curran and goalkeeper Ger Hanley both missed out through injury.
After a bright start from Mervue where they looked comfortable in the southern sunshine, Rory Gaffney and David Goldbey had early efforts comfortably saved by Mark McNulty in the Cork goal.
But on a swift attack after just seven minutes, Gearoid Morrissey’s cross from the left flank fell to Graham Cummins. His first effort was heroically blocked by James Casserly, but the rebound fell kindly for Cummins who made no mistake at his second bite of the cherry.
In the 20 minutes that followed, Cork barely had a glimpse at goal as Mervue battled to find a leveller as John Mountney and Rory Gaffney saw long range drives sail wide of the mark.
But suddenly seven minutes before the break a killer blow was inflicted by Cork, when Davin O’Neill drifted inside the box and his shot was fumbled by Martin and bobbled into the net.
Rubbing salt in Mervue’s wounds, Cork added a third five minutes later when again Cork broke on the left and Danny Murphy found Morrissey unmarked at the back post, and he had time to take a touch and poke home from close range.
In the second half the hosts stepped down a gear but to their credit Mervue battled to salvage something, and almost forced a goal 10 minutes in when Noel Varley’s strong drive from the edge of the dangerzone took a wicked deflection and almost spun into McNulty’s net.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.